Lyme disease is a bacterial infection primarily transmitted by blacklegged ticks. Diagnosing Lyme can be difficult, many people who actually have Lyme may be misdiagnosed with other conditions. But aside from what we already know about Lyme, there are some hidden secrets behind the history of this disease.
While vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard, Kris Newby was bitten by an unseen tick. That one bite changed her life forever, pulling her into the abyss of a devastating illness that took ten doctors to diagnose and years to recover from: Newby had joined the ranks of the 400,000 Americans who are afflicted with Lyme disease each year.
She was driven to understand why this disease is so misunderstood and its patients so mistreated. This quest led her to Willy Burgdorfer, the Lyme microbe’s discoverer, who revealed that he had developed bug-borne bioweapons during the Cold War and believed that the Lyme epidemic was started by a military experiment gone wrong.
In this episode, Kris shares to us her journey of how Lyme Disease changed her life forever. How it has led her to a journey of uncovering the truth, raising awareness, and incessantly finding a cure for a disease that has been rejected by many.
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